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Hatchet attack at western Wisconsin home known for drugs, homicide

A homicide happened at the residence in November 2020.

Authorities drew their guns and ordered a man with a hatchet to stop attacking people inside a known drug house in western Wisconsin on Wednesday. 

According to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, members of a drug task force were driving by a residence in Dunn township when they saw a man grab a hatchet from a vehicle and "run towards other subjects in the residence with the hatchet overhead in a threatening manner." 

The officers went into the residence and drew their weapons, ordering the 50-year-old man to drop the hatchet. The man complied, but he had already struck one person two times with the hatchet and was "prepared to strike a third time." 

A release from the sheriff's department does not say if the man struck by the hatchet was injured. 

An investigation found that he and his 44-year-old girlfriend assaulted two people before the hatchet attack because of "past owed drug debts." 

The house is known to law enforcement as a high traffic drug residence and was the site of a homicide in November 2020. 

The hatchet-wielding man is facing charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, battery use of a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon, as well as felony and misdemeanor counts of repeated bail jumping. 

His girlfriend is also facing charges for bail jumping, battery use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct use of a dangerous weapon. 

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